Visiting Hours and Guidelines

If you are an immediate family member (parent, guardian or sibling) of one of our patients, you are welcome any time. One parent or guardian is also invited to stay overnight. Visiting hours for all other relatives and friends are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Please note, all visitors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian while visiting the Hospital.

The health and safety of our patients, families, visitors and staff is of the utmost importance. To maintain a safe environment, we ask anyone 18 and older who is entering the Hospital or the Wood Center, for any reason, to show a photo ID. We may use your ID to check a variety of sources, including public registries that identify individuals who may pose a risk to children. We reserve the right to use this information to restrict access to Hospital locations as appropriate.

The following are acceptable forms of identification:

  • State-issued driver's license
  • State-issued ID
  • Passport
  • School ID

If you do not have a photo ID, we'll be happy to take your photo to provide you with photo identification during your visit at CHOP.

Check in locations

  • Main Building – When you arrive at the Main Building, please check in at the Information Desk located in the Main Lobby
  • Wood Center – When you arrive at the Wood Center, please check in at the ADA CARing for Kids Welcome Center on the second floor, just off the elevators

Displaying your visitor ID badge

You must wear your visitor ID badge during your visit. It is good for the day of your visit only. Each day you visit the Hospital, you will need to present your photo ID and obtain a new visitor ID badge to wear during that visit.

Please have your visitor ID badge and health screening sticker visible at all times. If for any reason you do not get a pass or ID badge when you first arrive, please try to do so as soon as possible during your visit because visitors without a pass will be stopped by Security.  

Number of visitors and our limited visitor policy

We encourage families to limit the number of visitors at any one time to four people in addition to the parents or legal guardian.

Year round, visitors with colds, coughs or other contagious illnesses are asked to remain at home until they are well. Healthy siblings are welcome to visit, but should stop at the front desk to be screened prior to each visit. Siblings with symptoms of illness, including fever, cough or sore throat will be asked not to visit.

Children or adults who have been exposed to contagious diseases such as chickenpox should avoid visiting the hospital. Check with your child’s nurse if you have questions.


Latex balloons are not allowed at Children's Hospital, as many children have allergies to latex. Mylar balloons are allowed, and are available in our gift shop on the first floor of the Main Building.

Children's Hospital is a smoke-free institution. Designated smoking areas are located outside the Hospital buildings.

We thank you for your cooperation.

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